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Hi there,

This w123 I've just got has an immaculate Mexico radio /cassette in it . The original .

Although the aerial goes up and down with the radio being switched on and off - all I get through the speakers is howling.

The cassette player does not hold the tape in either.

Any ideas?

The wiring seems perfect - it looks like it has never been touched since 1977 when the thing was built.

I have seen that some of these " ent cents " have a " power pack " hidden under the dash somewhere.

Would mine have a " power pack " and is it worth keeping it all original ( my first choice ) or do I just get a modern item fitted?

If I do get a new one - a " retro " style would be good.

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Becker USA has a 'classic' division who would be happy to service your radio and install a jack on the face to enable iPod use. Check their website.
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Hi there,

This w123 I've just got has an immaculate Mexico radio /cassette in it . The original .

Although the aerial goes up and down with the radio being switched on and off - all I get through the speakers is howling.

The cassette player does not hold the tape in either.

Any ideas?

The wiring seems perfect - it looks like it has never been touched since 1977 when the thing was built.

I have seen that some of these " ent cents " have a " power pack " hidden under the dash somewhere.

Would mine have a " power pack " and is it worth keeping it all original ( my first choice ) or do I just get a modern item fitted?

If I do get a new one - a " retro " style would be good.

Kind regards,

Chris.

I have a Becker from 1977, works perfectly, seeks properly, etc. You can get them serviced but its not cheap. You can get upgraded "retro" looking models, but they're not cheap either. I sprung for a VDO model TR731U-OR. You can google it, and I think you can get one off Amazon UK for about $125. I really liked the look, but it also has a USB slot for playing music. A plug for Ipod/phone is of no interest to me because its too much of hassle to select music from that device while driving, etc. Plus the VDO knows about folders, etc, its easier to select music from it's controls.

The power pack you're referring to is the amplifier. Today's units have built-in amps, BUT if you change out the Becker for something else, I'd just leave the amp in place, can't hurt anything and if somebody wants to put the Becker back, its all set up.
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a $ 65.00 radio from wall mart [ disc player ] will work great .then save the old one .
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Becker USA has a 'classic' division who would be happy to service your radio and install a jack on the face to enable iPod use. Check their website.
Better yet, give Ed Ebel a call at Becker and he can give you some options as far as repair/replacement.

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I used to repair these things many moons ago, these old radio sets were the perfection in all ways, other than the early ones used the old germanium transistors, and they could be very noisy, I had a `"New Yorker" for many years, but sadly stolen. the good thing was that they had an IF frequency of 465khz and this is 100 times better than the 455khz used today. This point may not matter in the USA, but in the UK and Europe it made all the difference as the incoming signal is divided into the IF frequency.

These things are easy to repair, well they were easy for me as that was my line of work, there are specialist that fix these things.

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Your issue may be as simple as a dirty fader switch in the center console, you will want to clean it with electrical cleaner or tuner cleaner from radio shack.

Next I would look into the speakers, hardly anyone has the original speakers anymore in their cars....either the cones are rotted, surround or the voice coils are trashed...

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